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Specialty & Technique Guitar Classes

Go beyond the basics and learn the nuts and bolts of music.

If you can already play guitar, now it's time to get into the groove. With the guidance of our expert teaching artists, expand your skills and repertoire to open the wide world of guitar beyond the basics.

For intermediate players and beyond, open to students who have completed the Guitar 2 level and above. (If you're not sure where your skills fit in, visit our placement quiz.)

We suggest all guitar students consider starting with Guitar Fingerboard Theory, if you want to work on lead guitar or eventually write your own songs. It's a great primer into a wider world of musicianship.

Fingerstyle Workshop Series with Michael J. Miles

WorkshopIntermediate

Monday with Michael Miles

75 minutes  ·  Once a week for 1 week  ·  $25 ($23 members)

Location: Online

Walking Bass Groove Lab

Intermediate

Monday with Harlan Terson

60 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $160 ($140 members)

An hour long lab to make you “badder”

Location: Lincoln Square - Lincoln Ave Campus

British Rock Online

Intermediate

Monday with Tommi Zender

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($186 members)

Whether you take that ferry across the Mersey or scale Waterloo Bridge you'll want to join this Trans-Atlantic outing.

Location: Online

Introduction To Flamenco Guitar

Intermediate

Wednesday with Mehran Jalili

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($186 members)

Examine the basic chords and rhythmic attacks of flamenco.

Location: Lincoln Square - Lincoln Ave Campus

Guitar Fingerboard Theory

Intermediate

Monday or Wednesday with Chris Winters, Dan Fulkerson or Steve Levitt

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($186 members)

This class is highly recommended for all guitar students. Make it a point to enroll at some point in your musical journey.

Location: Lincoln Square - Lincoln Ave Campus

Guitar 4ever with Holstein

Advanced

Saturday with Ed Holstein

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($186 members)

The one and only legendary folk icon, Ed Holstein holds court for acoustic guitarists.

Location: Lincoln Square - Lincoln Ave Campus

Guitar and Vocal Studio

Intermediate

Thursday with Julia Storke

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($186 members)

Grab that guitar and sing and play with others.

Location: Lincoln Square - Lincoln Ave Campus

RPA Ensemble

Advanced

Thursday with Steve Dawson

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($186 members)

Location: Lincoln Square - Lincoln Ave Campus

Heroes of Flatpicking

Intermediate

Tuesday with Chris Walz

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($186 members)

Learn to make your pick dance on the strings.

Location: Online

Blues Fingerstyle 1

Beginner

This class alternates every session with Blues Fingerstyle 2. Mark your calendar and be sure to sign up next session.

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($186 members)

Blues Fingerstyle 2

Intermediate

Monday with Chris Walz

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($186 members)

Take the fingerpicking, rhythms and regional styles of the country Blues you've learned in level 1, and concentrate on open tunings and bottleneck slide in level 2.

Location: Online

Blues Fingerstyle 3: Decades of Acoustic Blues

Advanced

Monday with Chris Walz

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($186 members)

Explore different aspects of Acoustic Blues a different decade each session.

Location: Online

Lead Guitar Soloing Basics

Intermediate

Tuesday with Chris Corsale

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $214 ($194 members)

Get yourself ready to take a solo.

Location: Lincoln Square - Lincoln Ave Campus

Acoustic Slide Guitar 1 Repertoire

Intermediate

Sunday with Donna Herula

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($186 members)

Take your slide playing to the next level!

Location: Online

Beatles Fingerstyle

Intermediate

Monday with Michael Miles

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 4 weeks  ·  $99 ($89 members)

A splendid time is guaranteed for all.

Location: Online

Classical Guitar Basic Repertoire

Intermediate

Monday with Jacob Sweet

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($186 members)

Fun easy pieces to add pizzazz to your style.

Location: Online

Fingerpicking Repertoire

Intermediate

Monday with Randy Morris

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($186 members)

Your fingers can be trained to be an orchestra - a band in the hand.

Location: Lincoln Square - Lincoln Ave Campus

Fingerstyle Repertoire

Intermediate

Thursday with Randy Morris

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $214 ($194 members)

Develop a songbag of solo accompaniments and instrumentals in a variety of styles.

Location: Online

Electric Guitar Styles Overdrive

Intermediate

Tuesday or Thursday with Dan Fulkerson

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($186 members)

Enhancement medication for the electric guitarist.

Location: Lincoln Park - Armitage Ave or Lincoln Square - Lincoln Ave Campus

Introduction to Jazz Guitar

Intermediate

Saturday with Tony Do Rosario

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($186 members)

No matter what genre of music you play, this class will take your playing to a whole other level.

Location: Online

Jazz Guitar 1

Intermediate

If you would like to be contacted when this class runs again, please email Guitar Program Manager Jimmy Tomasello with your contact information.

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($186 members)

Jazz Guitar 1.5

Intermediate

Saturday with Tony Do Rosario

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($186 members)

Jazz guitar mastery is a lifelong journey and we invite you to repeat level as much as necessary before moving on to Jazz Guitar 2.

Location: Online

Jazz Guitar 2

Intermediate

Wednesday with Tony Do Rosario

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $214 ($194 members)

Build your repertoire from session to session.

Location: Lincoln Square - Lincoln Ave Campus

Jazz Guitar 4ever

Advanced

Wednesday with Tony Do Rosario

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($186 members)

An ongoing class in the advanced study of Jazz for the guitarist.

Location: Lincoln Square - Lincoln Ave Campus

Flatpicking 1 - Rhythm

Intermediate

This class alternates with Flatpicking 2 If you would like to be contacted when this class runs again, please email Guitar Program Manager Jimmy Tomasello with your contact information.

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($186 members)

Flatpicking 2 - Technique

Intermediate

Tuesday with Chris Walz

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($186 members)

Let's get melodic

Location: Online

Acoustic Blues Guitar 1

Beginner

Thursday with Paul Kaye

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($186 members)

Build a solid foundation

Location: Online

Acoustic Blues Guitar 2

Intermediate

Thursday with Paul Kaye

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($186 members)

Let's take this a little bit further on down the road

Location: Online

Acoustic Blues Guitar Repertoire

Intermediate

Saturday with Paul Kaye

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($186 members)

Continue working on the music of great traditional blues artists.

Location: Online

Acoustic Slide Guitar 1

Intermediate

Donna will be promoting her new CD “Bang At The Door” this summer and will be returning to teach this class in session 5.
She is offering a series of workshops.

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($186 members)

Continuing Slide & Fingerstyle

Intermediate

Sunday with Donna Herula

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($186 members)

Continue to add emotion and feel to your slide guitar playing

Location: Online

From Chords to Riffs

Intermediate

Wednesday with John Mead

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $214 ($194 members)

Learn approaches to the fingerboard designed to improve your playing

Location: Lincoln Square - Lincoln Ave Campus

Arranging and Chart-Making: Upgrade Your Play

Intermediate

Monday with Paula McKernan

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 4 weeks  ·  $99 ($89 members)

Upgrade and refresh the tunes you play.

Location: Online

Creative Scale Practice 1

Intermediate

Monday with Tommi Zender

60 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $160 ($140 members)

Learn to practice scales in a creative way while having fun!

Location: Online

Fingerpicking Classic Chicago Blues

Intermediate

Wednesday with Paul Kaye

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($196 members)

Learn to do like the old masters

Location: Online

Fingerpicking Guitar - Beyond Basic Picking Patterns

IntermediateNew!

Saturday with Randy Morris

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $214 ($194 members)

Location: Lincoln Square - Lincoln Ave Campus

Fundamental Fingerpicking Accompaniment

IntermediateNew!

Wednesday with Randy Morris

60 minutes  ·  Once a week for 4 weeks  ·  $80 ($70 members)

Location: Online

Instrumental Freddie King: Hideaway and All The Rest!

IntermediateNew!

Saturday with Paul Kaye

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 4 weeks  ·  $99 ($89 members)

Hideaway to San-Ho-Zay

Location: Online

Irish Accompanist Guitar Styles

Intermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($186 members)

Return To Guitar

Open to All

Monday or Thursday with Bill Brickey or Jim DeWan

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($186 members)

Rumor has it there's a guitar in the back of your closet. Let's get it out and make some music.

Location: Lincoln Square - Lincoln Ave Campus

Rhythm Guitar

Intermediate

Monday with Dan Fulkerson

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($186 members)

Focus on one of the most essential elements of playing guitar and music itself.

Location: Lincoln Park - Armitage Ave

Trace Bundy Workshop: Thinking Outside the Box with Innovative Techniques for Your Acoustic Guitar Toolbox

WorkshopOpen to AllNew!

Thursday with Staff

90 minutes  ·  Once a week for 1 week  ·  $40 ($35 members)

Location: Online

Private Lesson Options

Our private lessons like our group classes run in 8-week sessions, however, you can begin private lessons during any week in the session. Please call our customer service folks at 773.728.6000 to register as private lesson availability is based upon individual teacher schedules.

Lessons are scheduled weekly, for 30, 45 or 60 minutes, and are available every day of the week at our Lincoln Square and Lincoln Park locations. Our experienced and professional faculty will work with you to develop an individualized program that helps you achieve your musical goals.

Stop in at either location or call the front desk at 773.728.6000 to register.


8-week Session Prices

$296 for 30 minutes ($286 for members)

$424 for 45 minutes ($409 for members)

$544 for 60 minutes ($524 for members)


Session & Registration Dates

8-week lessons: 08/30/2021 – 10/24/2021

Monday 07/12/21: Re-registration for current students begins

Monday 07/26/21: Transfer registration

Wednesday 07/28/21: Open registration

8-week lessons: 10/25/2021 – 12/19/2021

Monday 09/20/21: Re-registration for current students begins

Monday 10/04/21: Transfer registration

Wednesday 10/06/21: Open registration


Teachers

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